Sloppy Mikes

Time: 20 to 25 minutes

Friends often ask me how I invent recipes. It goes a little like this: I take a recipe I know, Sloppy Joes, for example. I add a new ingredient, like corn and sort of name it after someone (my husband) who likes to eat it.

Make a meal of this recipe by serving it over grains or pasta instead of bread or simply serve it as a quick meat dish alongside a steamed potato and another vegetable.


  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 medium bell peppers, preferably red
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground veal or ground beef round or sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder, or more to taste
  • 2 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 4 hamburger rolls or English muffins, split
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Place the corn in a bowl, separating the kernels so they thaw. Chop the onion. Mince the garlic. Core, seed, and chop the bell peppers.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and peppers and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions and peppers are softened, 3 to 4 minutes. If the vegetables begin to stick to the bottom of the skillet, add a tablespoonful or so of water and continue to sauté.
  3. Crumble the meat into the skillet and sauté until it turns somewhat brown, about 3 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, then the corn and spaghetti sauce. Cover and simmer over low heat until all the ingredients are hot, about 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile toast the hamburger buns or English muffins.
  5. Season the meat mixture with salt and pepper to taste. To serve, set the toasted muffins or hamburger buns on plates and spoon the meat over the top.


Vegetarians can substitute 2 cans (16 ounces each) chick-peas or black beans for the meat.